Heidy Sanchez’s goal is lone bright spot in Farmersville’s 10-1 loss to the Orosi Cardinals
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – Goals were not in short supply last Friday night as Farmersville and Orosi combined for 11. Unfortunately for Farmersville only one was theirs as they fell to Orosi 10-1. The loss left them in fourth place in the East Sierra League.
“It is back to the drawing board,” Farmersville head coach Rudy Cifuentez said. “Numbers wise we started off big, but since then we have dwindled down.”
Five minutes into the game the Orosi Cardinals (19-0-2, 4-0) showed why they have not lost a game thus far this season. On an attack up the far side of the field Mikala Montemayor sent a cross pass toward the penalty box. The perfectly placed pass found the foot of charging Victoria Quevedo, who put it in the open net.
However, the Farmersville Aztecs (3-13, 1-3) seemed to be able to play with the defending ESiL Champions early on. When two minutes later Heidy Sanchez lobbed the ball into the goal to tie up the game 1-1.
“[Sanchez] is going to be fun to watch over the next few seasons,” Cifuentez said.
The tying goal by the sophomore was set up by a series of throw-ins by the Aztecs. Which all came together in setting up the run along the near side of the field. Although, the rest of the successful offensive attacks were made by the Cardinals.
Orosi scored three more goals in the first half to go into the locker room up 4-1. Shortly after the tying goal Montemayor got her only goal of the game.
The entire second half belonged to the Cardinals with Heroldin Hernandez flying above the rest of her team. She scored the next three goals for her team to complete the second half hat trick to make the score 7-1. All three goals were produced by outside runs by the Cardinals which finished with crossing passes toward the middle.
Farmersville’s defense had a difficult time clearing loose balls inside their zone. Much of the time the Aztecs tried to dribble the ball out instead of kicking the ball away.
Cifuentez says that it is their lack of numbers, and the fact that some players are leaning new positions that produced such poor defense.
“We are young team also, and we are definitely sophomore stacked,” said Cifuentez. “This season is definitely a learning experience.”
The fact that the Aztecs entered last Friday’s game with only 15 players cannot be overlooked. That number dropped by two for their matchup last Tuesday at the McFarland Cougars. The final score was reached after press time. One player was thought to have a concussion, and the other went out with a foot injury.
In order to counter the dwindling numbers Cifuentez is considering bringing up the junior varsity team. He later added that it will help with depth in some positions.
The Aztecs play again at Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano this Friday night at 4:30 p.m. If they lose to the Wolves, they stand a good chance of missing the post season for the first time in five years.